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Investment Banker

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Futures and Options, JPMorgan & UBS

Wall Street & London

Authenticity and self-actualization are leadership qualities. Rare is the leader who embodies them.
— Alison Pothier

At twenty-three years old, only two years into her Wall Street career, Alison was transferred to London to manage her first team.  A rare female executive in the heavily male-dominated financial industry, by thirty, she had scaled the ranks to become the Global Head of Electronic Trading and thereafter, a Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and member of the executive management team running the Global Futures & Options business.  Exiting with over fifteen years experience in defining global business strategy, delivering results, leading change, managing acquisition, transitioning culture and most importantly, developing talent, Alison decided step out of the industry to support its internal transformation ... as well as her own.  Aligning her corporate skills with her personal aspirations, Alison is now a highly sought after coach and consultant to private individuals, organizations and senior leadership evolving their worlds from the inside out.  Renowned for her authenticity and intuitive insight, she is valued for her innovative approach and perspective.

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Coach & Energy Practitioner

Founder, Owner & Director

Inside Out Retreats

London & Malibu

To meet the inner soul, one must first knock at its door.
— Alison Pothier

Passionate that mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being are key ingredients to one's perception of success and fulfillment, Alison qualified as a coach and energy practitioner in parallel to her financial career.  In 2005, while still a full-time investment banker, she founded Inside Out Retreats, a center dedicated to personal transformation and "healing" (which she defined as 'the return to one's true and authentic self').  Offering a 360 degree approach to health and personal development, the center provided treatments, training, retail products and events focused on educating and supporting people on their quest for self-realization.   While building her coaching practice, Alison launched an academy and began facilitating courses in emotional awareness, authentic expression, intuition, energy alignment, mindfulness and aspiration.  In 2015, Alison returned to the USA to be with her mother as she passed.  Soon-after taking up residence in Malibu, California, she closed Inside Out Retreats' physical venue in London to expand its services beyond the walls.  Still home to Alison's coaching practice, consulting services, training and retreats, Inside Out Retreats offers its services to a global client base - in person and online.  

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Choice Point Movie

Featured Visionary

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Invited to share her story and insights alongside other leading visionaries such as Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jack Canfield and Barbara Marx Hubbard, Alison features in Harry Massey's movie, "Choice Point".  Sharing her personal evolution from ambition to aspiration, the feature-length documentary explores the balance between “The Power of Love and The Love of Power”. 

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ChoicePoint delves into the hearts and minds of some of the world’s leading change-makers. Through this movie their voices offer a profound message of hope – empowering each of us to ‘be the change’ and to make the choices that can not only transform ourselves, but also the world around us.
— Harry Massey

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"Magic Glasses"

Author & Novelist

A series on the journey of the human spirit.

An avid writer of prose and poetry, Alison is completing an upcoming series of novels called “Magic Glasses”.  Passionate about the journey of the human spirit and its hunger for love and fulfillment, "Magic Glasses" is about the profound self-reckoning required to manifest our dreams.  Using her own life as the backdrop for its deep unraveling, Alison reveals the in-depth deconstruction, reconciliation and reconstruction of her own world ... in pursuit of a magical new beginning. 

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I have discovered that it is possible to have ambition without connecting to my heart, but to truly aspire requires a connection to my soul.
— Alison Pothier